'Thornfield Hall' / 'Love Letter from a Ragdoll to her Skeleton Performer'
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My heart is Thornfield Hall
and I am your ashen governess,
ventricles pounding stronger
behind a ribcage of poverty
and literature written in cursive.
Your inherited hallways
blaze with an inferno
of secrets and mystery,
sharper than pain and
there are too many losses in my life
to keep me from dismissing the echoes
that you left in the hollows
of my chambers. I will share
this collapsed mansion with you
that a foreign fire claimed and
I can guide you down the path
that has been spared.
I can walk at your pace,
there are no ghosts anymore-
dead embers of final secrets
sealed off from the one you love most.
~ December Lace
Love Letter from a Ragdoll to a Skeleton Performer
All of this is a nightmare, my love-
sewing stitches in blue-hued skin
as you wander off in a skeletal vacancy;
your theatrical mind loosening in a spiral
no cerebrum of mine can reach
while patches of pumpkins begin to push out their rot,
the glow of the moon casting down a spotlight
not quite bright enough for your creative hands,
the hill on which you stand too earthly and isolated
for a stage. I know you think you’ll wither without
an entrance, my love, but you are far more adored
than any persona you think you’ve created with your
own bones. Uncover your core and let me see the
exposed insides of what you push away, let me
rub the dust of what your mortar and
pestle thumb and forefinger do to yourself
when you ponder the night away while you
think I’m asleep. I’ll take you into my skin, I’ll take you
into my stitches. Please let me in. I’ve seen the gaps
underneath your pinstripes and there is room for me.
~ December Lace
December Lace is a former professional wrestler and pinup model from Chicago. She is a Best of the Net nominee and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Molotov Cocktail, Pussy Magic Lit, The Cabinet of Heed, Vamp Cat, Twist in Time, Dark Marrow and Rhythm & Bones YANYR Anthology, among others as well as the forthcoming Coffin Bell. She loves Batman, burlesque, cats, and horror movies. She can be found on Twitter @TheMissDecember or http://decemberlace.blogspot.com.